Reflections of the Ted Talks                                                                                                          Sul Lim


William McDonough: Cradle to Cradle

This Ted Talk had to have been my favorite of the three talks I’ve listened to. William is an architect that was raised in Hong Kong and he recalls his living space to be very small and lifeless. Whereas the lands that were being used, have been farmed for forty centuries. The Chinese Government have hired him to build a new city next to an already existing one. They had proposed to him a city on the plot of land that looked as cluttered and as industrial as every other city. He in return proposed to them an economical solution that would not only preserve the land, but would produce its own energy using the land around it. He proposed that instead of building on top of the grass and life around the plot, to just raise up the land and construct the buildings underneath the grass. Having the plant life on the rooves of the buildings and allow the nature around the area to keep living instead of running them out. The city proposed has the ability to be self-sustainable thus allowing it to have a much more healthy, productive and clean future as opposed to the rest of the cities in China.

Alex Steffen: The route to a sustainable future

This talk seemed to be a more wide scale and more economically important in the sense that, he talks about the footprint that the current age of humans are leaving behind. The amount of resources we use seems more like we have access to 10 planets rather than the 1 we actually have. He supposes that we should have much more dense cities to allow for the conservation of land for agriculture and the other living things in the ecosystem. “Bright Green Cities,” is the name of the project that he mentions, that the cities could be made to be much more economically friendly and allow for a much less damaging footprint on the Earth. He also mentions that western civilization has essentially become toxic and is spreading to other developing countries. Our wasteful sort of throwaway lifestyle could be the end of the most important thing in this world, our ecosystem.

Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes

Suzanne is a fashion designer that had an idea. She met a biologist that helped her created a recipe that consists of bacteria and microorganisms that mixed with tea and allow to sit and ferment will create thin layers of cellulose that are woven together. She essentially is attempting to find an alternative to using conventional animal skins and other non-reusable materials to create clothing. At the point in time of the video, it is not a total victory though. The clothes cannot get wet, as the clothing with absorb water and start to fall apart. But I think that given the time and the mental capacity, she could potentially have a much more economically friendly and cost efficient way of producing materials that can be used for whatever purpose it needs.

Sul Lim: Incorporating ideas into Final Project #3

My proposal for the incorporation of the ideas from the Ted Talks is; I am going to create bar stools made from wood and recycled polyester. I’ll be looking for used materials that once had a different purpose and form it into a completely new object. I will be using less chemicals and more natural, safe means of producing the stools. I can’t say that I’ll be growing my own material to create the seating but I will be using means of resourcefulness and recycled products to create my object. It terms of naturally friendly, I won’t be procuring new materials, I’ll be reusing, given the circumstance of my location. I can’t imagine that it’d be too difficult to find many recycled objects around the city. Not only will I create a stool from said recycled objects, the stool itself will be recyclable. Meaning, no harming chemicals that would render it permanent will be used, thus continuing the cycle.

New School student.

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